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Matthew Duane (1707–1785) by James Mitan, pubd 1798 (after Giles Hussey, 1774) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Duane, Matthew (1707–1785), lawyer and art patron, was of obscure family origins. It seems likely that he came from Ireland and that his education took place in a Catholic school on the continent. Prevented by his religion from being called to the bar, he was by his mid-thirties practising with great success as a ‘chamber counsel’ and conveyancer in ...